CACHUMA: Very light fishing pressure. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on the rock walls on the mail lake, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Best bite on cranks or plastics. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers in the dam area or the area around the patrol boat docks. Few reports on other species this week. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. If you can get live shad, this bait it hot. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow to fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings with the cooler weather. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from four to eight pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair but improving over the past week. Most of the action is on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water, but also some topwater action. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. Topwater action most mornings and evenings. The bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mornings with some mid-day and evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair with the topwater bite most mornings and evenings now. Mid-day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.